🍩 Donut Code, πŸ‘€ Fooling the Face Recognition and more

It’sΒ Memon Mondays!

This newsletter is my experiment to save all the cool things I find during the week and share them with my like-minded friends.



VM Computers in Minecraft
A Minecraft mod with which you can build computers (inside Minecraft) that work as virtual machines, so they're basically real computers. You order the computer parts from space using a tablet. In the demo video below, it’s funny how installing Windows 98 takes up entire day in Minecraft.

Here is a video demo

Fawkes: Image β€œCloaking” for Personal Privacy
Every organization and government is making their own database of faces and profiles in the name of security. But few really offer you a choice before putting your face in their database for future recognition.

So how do we protect against unauthorized third parties building facial recognition models to recognize us wherever we may go? Enter Fawkes, an algorithm that makes tiny, pixel-level changes to your photo that are invisible to the human eye but really mess up with face recognition models in such a way that they won’t be able to recognize and match you with that picture in the future. Cool stuff!

CLI Tool to Generate Satellite Images of a Location
Given a location name or coordinates, this tool fetches and generates satellite image of that region with optimal visibility (<10% clouds etc). The easiest way to try this out would be to use its Docker image.



Donut Shaped C Code That Generates Animated Donut
This is a somewhat complex (with maths!) code that generates an animated donut when compiled. The author has then obfuscated the code into ASCII donut. Here is the code:

You can copy it from linked site, compile it with `gcc donut.c` and then run the compiled output file.
Here is the output for the lazy:




That’s it friends! Be safe, stay home, and wash your hands.
Also inbox me if you got something cool to share!